And for our final entry, we have basically a second draft of Runespark, which would have been basically a more playful take on the story I already started. I think at this point I was just burnt out, and the art and story just didn’t turn out quite the way I wanted it to.
Here we come full-circle into a version of my Punk-Pink! remake, RuneSpark. At this point I was kinda trying to avoid hitting the readers with blatant fanservice, going for a more cutesy, old cartoon-style of storytelling. It begins with Li (Tenkyo, from Punk-Pink!) singing a nursery rhyme “Kings of Old”, which more or less tells a bit of her homeland’s history. She’s picked up by Phillip Marco, also a character from Punk-Pink!, who had just purchased a magic-powered car. They discuss the sudden prominence of magic-powered technology, and Marco is curious about the basket Li carried on her back, to which she responds that it’s for a magic show. As you can see, with four comics inked and two in the burner, I got a lot farther with this one before I started to realize that the story was going nowhere. I don’t think it’s unsalvageable, though, and I may actually put this one aside for later…
This next one is aboutn alien named Trill, who I accidentally themed like a snail. I almost gave the comic the working title “snalien”, but figured people would have a hard time figuring out if it was supposed to be spelled “snalien” or “snailien”. In retrospect this might still be an idea worth pursuing, but the biggest issue right now is figuring out what kind of character Trill really is. Right now, she seems kindalike a two-dimensional space cop.
The second comic is kind of a “page three” of a mini-story that accidentally evolved from the first one. In the first strip, Trill is asking about the current weather condition of her favorite vacation spot, “Planet Fun”, to which the computer dryly responds that unsafe levels of fun are detected, and there are no survivors.
This first scrapped comic is RMPunk. As you can tell by the first strip there, it’s about life, love, and rock and roll. Oddly enough, I hated it when I was working on it, and saw potential when I wasn’t.